Vulture Research Update: October 2019

Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy

In this research update, we provide a list of recent vulture-related research articles covering a range of topics including movement ecology, environmental contaminants, population dynamics, conservation measures and methods for monitoring and research.




If the full articles are not freely available, please contact the authors directly. Please refer to previous research updates on our website for other recent articles which are not included here.


Monitoring and research methods:


Movements, spatial ecology and migration:


Environmental contaminants such as lead, veterinary drugs and poisons:



Human-vulture interactions and influences:


Power lines, wind farms:

  • Estimating the Potential Mortality of Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) Due to Wind Energy Development on the Island of Crete (Greece). Xirouchakis et al. (2019). In: Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts. 
  • Bird collisions with power lines: Prioritizing species and areas by estimating potential population‐level impacts. D’Amico et al. (2019). Diversity and Distributions. 
  • Wind turbines cause functional habitat loss for migratory soaring birds. Marques et al. (2019). Journal of Animal Ecology. 
  • Re-assessing the effectiveness of wire-marking to mitigate bird collisions with power lines: A meta-analysis and guidelines for field studies. Bernardino et al. (2019). Journal of Environmental Management. 


General ecology and behaviour:


Distribution, demography and population dynamics:


General conservation:








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